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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 7, 2011
 
HCC Awarded Grant through U.S. Department of Education
 
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) has been awarded a Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula Grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The grant amount is $250,000 per year for five years for a total of $1.25 million.

HCC plans to use the funding to:
  • Develop and market an academically based cultural performance and speaker series for public school and college students
  • Purchase scientific and laboratory equipment for instructional purposes
  • Upgrade the technology within and renovate College facilities
  • Provide support for faculty development
  • Purchase library books and other educational materials
  • Hire tutors for the College’s tutoring labs
  • Establish a Title III director position
  • Hire a director of development
  • Increase the size of the HCC Foundation endowment through a matching grant of $25,000
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the purpose of the PBI Program is “to strengthen eligible institutions to plan, develop, undertake and implement programs to enhance the institution’s capacity to serve more low- and middle-income Black American students; to expand higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in secondary school and postsecondary education; and to strengthen the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students.”

Visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/pbihea/index.html for more information about the grant and the types of projects that are funded.
 
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Public Information Officer, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., carterl@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239